AMD Survey Shows Laptops Vastly Outnumber Smartphones and Tablets on College Campuses

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mysterymantis

LatiosXT already said it, QFE.

This would be like polling a bunch of office workers and asking them if they use Office more than anything else. It's a given, while tablets and smartphones are nice toys that have increasing more useful purposes, the bottom line is there are things a full computer is needed for. So much of what a college student does relies on having a full keyboard, a mouse, usb support, a compatible OS for everything it has to run and interface with, compatibility to Office, the power to do serious task that require a full on processor to perform, the list goes on and on...

Someday tablets will be the future. We just aren't there yet.

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winmaster

Obviously. College students are expected to be able to use technology to produce content almost instantaneously. Phones and tablets are unsuitable for such tasks, and lugging around a desktop+monitor or going to labs is inconvenient.

Going to college without a laptop right now is suicide. In fact, many college students would like to have two (mostly in case one fails).

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cj100570

Everyone has a smartphone. Quite a few college kids I know carry two. Not everyone has a laptop. I know quite a few college kids that use a desktop instead. My guess is that smartphones outnumber laptops on campus by a wide margin.

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Hey.That_Dude

They changed policy while I was in college from "We'll provide open labs for Electrical and Computer Engineering" to "You are now required to have your own laptop, and only special case computer labs will be allowed" (For things like programing the $1000 FPGAs from 10 years ago).

So duh. This isn't surprising to me.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Microsoft just needs to run more Surface advertisements to better align our reality to their marketing department's reality.

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John Pombrio

Looked into the Surface but if the OS is thrown away, the hardware is underwhelming.

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John Pombrio

My son mostly uses full desktop PCs at Brown. I put together two Ivy bridges for him, one for his apartment with a 27 inch IPS screen and one for home (which is rarely used any more). He also has a Dell PC at his office there (piece-of-junk Dell that works just fine for everything except compiling which he does on the servers). Yet he still needed a laptop and was tired of using his 6 year old Dell. I bought him a MacBook Pro. Yikes! An Apple machine! It's OK tho, iOS is gone and Linux is installed instead, heh.

Even with desktops, a laptop for a students still seems to be important.

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mysterymantis

Dude, why would you pay all that money for a macbook pro only to dump the included software in favor or linux? I don't know what you paid (I assume over 2200) but you could have found a windows based laptop with the same or even a superior hardware profile for at least 1000 dollars less than that, probably even 1500. There is nothing special about apple's hardware, it's the included software that makes them so expensive. Just a quick search on newegg and I found pages of laptops with the same profile, depending on whether your macbook pro had an ssd or traditional hdd.

But, from the looks of it, you've got plenty of money to burn. So, whatever. :)

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Quenepas

Can you adopt me? I make killer macaroni necklaces!!

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nyjets011269

You sound very pompous.

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John Pombrio

Agreed. I actually toned down my pompousity, tho! It was even worse before I edited it. I wish MPC would allow more editing after posting.

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Adam27

Agreed. If you're going to be pompous at least be correct. MacBook Pros come with OS X not iOS.

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John Pombrio

Slip of the finger as I know what the Macs are running but too late to edit. I just speced the MacBook Pro for hardware and verified via Google that it could be Linuxed. I don't care for Macs in general but I simply could not find a better speced PC than what Apple was offering. I apologize for the 'tude.

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LatiosXT

This seems kind of like a "well duh" thing. Colleges require productivity software. Everyone needs Microsoft Office or its alternatives, along with whatever else they need.

A tablet or phone isn't going to help much in any of those.

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trgz

Spot on - until Office (or whatever MACs run) and other necessary programs that students need really arrive on Android, and they grow to 14"+*, then a laptop is an obvious (and cheap) choice.

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Innomasta

Plus most of the online student portals and services native to each campus have trouble running on mobile platforms like phones and tablets.